Friday, January 27, 2017

2017 Sew-Alongs

Hello and Happy Friday, my friends.

In addition to the challenges One Monthly Goal and 17 UFOs in 2017, I am participating in two new sew-alongs this year.

The first is a Farm Girl Group hosted by Dawn at Sew You Quilt 2.  My blog friend Julierose encouraged me to join and I’m so happy she did.  The purpose is to finish the blocks from Lori Holt’s Farm Girl Vintage book.  This project is also on my 17 UFOs in 2017 list, so it is nice to have the ‘extra’ encouragement.

Dawn announces two blocks per month that the group will complete, if they haven’t already.  Participants can also make extra blocks if they wish.  I love the flexibility with this sew-along…no pressure, just fun.

January’s blocks were Milking Day and a Cow.  The Cow block is not part of the book and I don’t think - at least right now - that I want that one in my quilt so I skipped it.

Here is my Milking Day block.

I made this one when I started Lori’s sew-along in 2015.

I’ll be starting next month’s blocks soon which are Scrappy Strawberry and Patchwork Pumpkin.

The second sew-along I am participating in is a block of the month hosted by Sherri at A Quilting Life.  She posts a new block pattern on the 5th of each month.  I’ll be using a fat-eighth bundle of Autumn Woods by Kate & Birdie for Moda.

Here is my January block.

You can find Sherri’s instructions for this one by clicking here.

January is shaping up as a successful month for me.  You can read about my OMG accomplishment here.  I’ll be sharing my 17 UFOs in 2017 progress next week.

I hope you all have an enjoyable weekend.

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

OMG – January 2017

My first OMG and it is a success!  Albeit a small finish but a finish nonetheless.

This mini valentine table topper was started in 2015 when Linda from Stitch Lines visited her good friend in south Florida.  Her friend happens to have a winter home very near me so I was fortunate enough to meet a blog friend in person.

Linda is the queen of miniatures and after spending some time with her I was inspired to give it a try.  She showed me how to use Thangles and gave me some great pointers.  Armed with some Kiss Kiss by Abi Hall for Moda and some Bella solids, I made my first attempt.  In spite of all her efforts, I made some mistakes but I did learn from them.

So, I am happy to say that I dusted off the kissy faces and finished my table topper for January’s OMG.  Please visit Elm Street Quilts One Monthly Goal January Linkup to see what others accomplished this month.

You can visit Linda by clicking here.

Thank you Linda, I hope you come back to south Florida soon!

Thursday, January 5, 2017

17 UFOs in 2017

Good day, my friends.  As I mentioned yesterday, I am on mission to bust some UFOs in 2017.  Not only am I participating in Elm Street Quilts One Monthly Goal, I am also joining Meredithe’s 17 UFOs in 2017 Challenge at pomegranate and chintz.

The reason I love this challenge is because the participants are encouraged to at least make PROGRESS on their projects…no pressure to FINISH.  In my opinion, if you are making progress then a finish is inevitable.  Unless you fall out of love with the project.  I have one of those UFOs that I am not sure I love enough to keep it going…we shall see.

Here is my list for the entire year:

Mini Valentine Quilt (also my January OMG)
Butterfly Trails Label (I don’t think quilts are complete until they are labeled…why do I have such an issue with this?)
Willow Weave Label
Deck-Ade the Halls Label
Building Blocks – finish knitting and assemble into an afghan
Birdie Stitches – stitch in the ditch and make each block a mini quilt to be displayed monthly
Summer Table Runner – quilt and bind
Farm Girl Vintage Blocks – finish all blocks then decide which ones go into a quilt and which will be potholders J
Swilly Scarf – knitting
Asanagi Wrap – knitting
2009 (yep, it’s that old) Saturday Sampler
2016 Row by Row – doing this one before finishing 2015 because I love the Home Sweet Home theme
2015 Row by Row
2009 (what was it about that year?) – Thimbleberries 3s Company Quilt
Sewing Machine Cover – I don’t love piping!
Halloween Baltimore Quilt – I’m not sure I love this one…it may get donated
Christmas Stockings – I machine embroidered names on the cuffs but now I want to add embroidery to the boots

My January nominees for 17 UFOs in 2017 are:

    ~~~ Mini Valentine Quilt~~~

        ~~~All Quilt Labels~~~

 Deck-Ade the Halls

    Butterfly Trails

        Willow Weave        

~~~Building Blocks - numbers 5, 6 and 7  ~~~

Just because I am busting UFOs this year doesn’t mean I won’t start something new… I’m sure that I will but the UFOs take priority.

Are you joining any challenges, BOMs or other sew-alongs this year?  If so, let me know and I’ll follow your progress.  We can encourage each other!

Enjoy your day J

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Happy 2017 – An OMG Year

Happy New Year my crafty friends.  I truly hope that you all had a wonderful holiday season and that 2017 is going to be happy, healthy and prosperous for you.

My Navy son is home for the new year.  He returns to Japan on January 14th so I’m not spending very much time being creative but I am having a great time with him here.

I have so much to share with you but I’m not going to do it in just one post.  I owe you an update on some things from the last post…waaaay back in November.  YEESH!  But today I want to share about my plans for 2017.

I’m not one to make resolutions and I haven’t had much success over the last couple of years on my personal goals.  This year, though, I am turning things around.

I’m going to start with participating in two monthly linky parties – that I'm sure will help me bust some UFOs.  The first one is One Monthly Goal (OMG) hosted by Patty at Elm Street Quilts.  The second one is 17 UFOs in 2017 hosted by Meredithe at pomegranate and chintz.

Today I’m going to share what I plan to accomplish for the January OMG and then tomorrow I’ll share my 17 UFOs in 2017.  I still have to take photos for that one.

January OMG – Mini Valentine Quilt

This is something that I want to finish piecing, quilting, binding and labeling for enjoyment in February.  I’ll share the finish (YES! I must finish) at the end of the month and include all of the details.

It is an overcast dreary day in southeast Florida today.  Could it mean we may get a break in the heat?  It certainly hasn’t felt like winter here, even by our standards.

Hope the sun is shining on you today…